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The Buchans Public Library was a hive of activity as children and their parents attended a Halloween craft session Oct. 24. Twenty-one participants took part in the event.
The Buchans Public Library was a hive of activity as children and their parents attended a Halloween craft session Oct. 24. Twenty-one participants took part in the event.

In spite of the question of closure still hanging over their heads, librarians across the province are still keeping their local programs front and centre and the Buchans Public Library (BPL) is no exception.

Following a successful TD Summer Reading Program that attracted 28 young people to the library, not only to check out books but to take part in story time and crafts, the fall schedule at the library will include children and adults alike.

In addition to the regular influx of new titles by familiar and new authors through the public library system, the BPL just acquired approximately 20 new children and youth books purchased at the recent scholastic book fair at Lakeside Academy.

 

Following a successful TD Summer Reading Program that attracted 28 young people to the library, not only to check out books but to take part in story time and crafts, the fall schedule at the library will include children and adults alike.

In addition to the regular influx of new titles by familiar and new authors through the public library system, the BPL just acquired approximately 20 new children and youth books purchased at the recent scholastic book fair at Lakeside Academy.

 

Melissa Quirk is the Buchans Public Library’s newest youth intern. She is available during the public library hours for anyone needing help with computers, tablets, smart phones and much more.

Interest

A recent decorative wreath making session attracted 21 people and was lead by the librarian, Dawn Pennell. She said that there were more interested in taking part than she had room for, so it is possible she will offer that craft again.    

The children’s Halloween craft accommodated 21 and there was so much interest,  Pennell had to turn away others. The craft was a pumpkin and stand made by her from wood she had available in her own craft supplies. A great success in her estimation.

 

Technology

The BPL now has a youth intern who is available to help everyone with all their technology needs – computers, tablets and smartphones. Melissa Quirk has a schedule of workshops and information sessions she will be holding during November. She has also set up a Facebook page to let patrons know what is coming up in her schedule.

In the immediate future she will be doing an “Intro to Facebook for seniors” and will try to do something every couple of weeks on e-mails, Facebook and such subjects.

“I want to try a winter family program for ages zero to eight where they come in and we do a story, do rhymes, and do a small craft,” Quirk said.  “And on Nov. 28 I’m going to do a resumé workshop. 

“I want to help people to learn more about things like Twitter, Pinterest and online shopping too — that would be fun to do too.”

Quirk will also be hosting a “Coffee and canvas” evening from 7–9 p.m. on Nov. 14 where participants will get an opportunity to try their hands at painting under her instruction  – most likely a Christmas scene.

The wreath making craft night at the Buchans Public Library was an event that needed pre-registration in order for librarian Dawn Pennell to have enough supplies on hand. Twenty-one people participated in this event.

Book club

The library’s book club has started up again with the first book “Without A Backward Glance” by Kate Veitch being the first selection chosen for reading and discussion.  Those wishing to join need only call the library number 672-3859 to sign up.

 

Crafting

Teresa Greene of Millertown is well known for her hooked rugs and her support of the library.

Greene will be holding rug hooking sessions beginning Nov. 17. There will be a nominal fee to cover material costs and the craft will be a Christmas piece. Contact the library to sign up. She will also have some of her own collection of work on display.

 

Buchans Public Library supporter

Thanks to Buchaneer Michael Crummey, the library will soon have a cozy corner for patrons to sit and read their favourite book or magazine or just use the library’s Internet connection for their devices. Once completed, Pennell said the library board would like to show their appreciation to the author by naming the corner. One of the board members suggested having a contest to come up with a name and that is what they intend to do.

In June 2016, Crummey added his voice to the growing number of authors and the general public against the move to close 54 libraries, one of which was Buchans Public Library. He had just received the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction for his novel “Sweetland”.

In his acceptance speech Michael dedicated his award to the public library in Buchans.

“I think what I’d like to say today is how important the library in Buchans was to me growing up and what a difference that place made to my life as a youngster, and I don’t think I’d be here today if it wasn’t for that place and those librarians,” Crummey was quoted as saying in TC Media on June 6. “When you look at the big picture, what you get for that amount of money by closing those libraries in those isolated communities…you cannot measure what that does for those communities. There is so little to be gained by closing those libraries and so much to lose.

“So this,” he said, as he hoisted the award, “is for the library in Buchans.”

Pennell said, “For Mr. Crummey to have dedicated his award to our library was a great honour, but his generosity and love for the library didn’t end there. A few weeks later the Buchans Public Library board received a cheque in the mail in the amount of $1,500.  Michael Crummey had donated his prize money from the 2016 NL Book Award. He stated, ‘The Buchans Library is a place close to my heart.’”

The board had discussed what to do with the donation and after discussing their options they decided on a reading corner dedicated to their ‘local champion and advocate’.  Four leather chairs were ordered from a local business, and a handmade wooden table by local craftsman Jeff Pennell will complete that corner.

Pennell said that the library board has issued a special invitation to Crummey to officially open and dedicate this reading corner during the town’s Come Home Year celebrations. They hope at that time to have him also do a reading from his award winning book.

 

The hours for the Buchans Public Library are:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3–5 p.m.; 6–9:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 10–12; 1:30–5 p.m.

 

With files from The Telegram — Tara Bradbury

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